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Kayla StoverKayla Stover

I am currently pursuing a Ph.D in sociology with a concentration in environmental sociology. My research and interests focus on political economy of natural resources, environmental justice, environmental policy, water law, water resources, gender studies, and qualitative methodology.  I have a M.A. in environmental sociology from the University of Tennessee that I completed in the summer of 2013. My thesis was a project exploring how political and organizational factors influence the enforcement of the Clean Water Act on a local level. I also graduated cum laude in 2009 from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC with a B.A. in Sociology and History.

Although I am originally from the great state of Wisconsin, I love living in Tennessee. During the summers I still enjoy kayaking and working part time as a white water river guide on several of the beautiful rivers in Tennessee and North Carolina. I also enjoy taking advantage of the great bluegrass and folk music scene here in Knoxville.


  • Sociology 110: Social Justice/Social Problems
  • Sociology 120: General Sociology
  • Sociology 360: Environment and Natural Resources
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting: "Environmental Justice and Natural Gas: an Analysis of Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale Region 2005 - 2010" with Jenna Lamphere (New York, NY: August 2013)
  • International Association for the Study of Society and Natural Resources Annual Meeting: ""We're not environmental gods!": interviews with environmental regulators in East Tennessee" (Boulder, CO: June 2013).
  • Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting: "Environmental Justice and Natural Gas: an Analysis of Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale Region 2005 - 2010" with Jenna Lamphere (Atlanta, GA: April 2013)
  • Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference: "The Unconventional Boom: A Theoretical Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing, Horizontal Drilling, and Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling" (Lexington KY: March 2013)
  • Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference: "The Sociology of Environmental Policy" with the Green Policy Collective (Knoxville, TN: October 2012)
  • Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting: "Enforcement of the Clean Water Act: interviews with environmental regulators in East Tennessee" (New Orleans, LA: March 2012).
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting: "We're not environmental gods!": Interviews with employees of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Division of Water Quality"  (Denver, CO: August 2012).
  • International Association for the Study of Society and Natural Resources Annual Meeting: "More Valuable than All the Fish in the River: The Political Economy of the Pigeon River Saga" (Madison, WI: May 2011).
  • UT Sociology Graduate Student Association Social Coordinator (2011-2012)
  • UT Sociology Graduate Student Association Coordinator (2012-2013)
  • UT Sociology Graduate Student Event Coordinator (2013-2014)
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Southern Sociological Society
  • American Sociological Association
  • International Association for Society and Natural Resources

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